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• Do spot en­vi­ron­men­tal sam­pling in the VJH de­liv­ery ward.

• Swab cots and beds where pa­tients are housed, es­pe­cially on sur­faces that are touched of­ten.

• Limit swab­bing to 10-15 swabs.

• Con­duct thor­ough ter­mi­nal clean of de­liv­ery suite (s) and post-de­liv­ery suites, as per pro­to­cols.

• Swab mothers be­tween 35 and 37 weeks. Take one swab of vagina (vag­i­nal in­troi­tus), and one of rec­tum (insert swab through the anal sphinc­ter).

• Clearly in­di­cate by la­bel mother’s re­sponse to peni­cillin.

• Re­quest sus­cep­ti­bil­ity test­ing for Clin­damycin and Ery­thromycin.

• Rou­tine hand hy­giene by health-care pro­fes­sion­als car­ing for in­fants colonised or, in­fected with GBS is the best way to pre­vent the spread to other in­fants (2009 Re­port of the Com­mit­tee on In­fec­tious Dis­eases, Red Book, AAP).

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